A group of people from Comission A of Ponorogo Regional Parliament complained to the Constitutional Court related with overlapping of authority between Minister of Domestic Affairs and Supreme Court in the annulment of a Regional Decree. They were welcomed by Constitutional Justice, Arsyad Sanusi, Wednesday (12/11), at the Conference Room of the Constitutional Court Building.

In that opportunity, Ponorogo Parliament brought up the possibility to have a judicial review on Article 145 paragraph (2) and Article 185 paragraph (5) of Act No. 32/2004 on Regional Government because it was considered unsynchronized with Article 24 of 1945 Constitution which regulated the judicial power. “The alteration of a regional decree should have become one of the Supreme Court s authorities,” said the Speaker of Commission A, Suparno.

Moreover, Suparno explained that Minister of Domestic Affairs seemed to have superiority in decision-making process in many areas related to modification or annulment of a regional decree, especially in Ponorogo. “If all decrees are modified as he (Minister-ed.) wishes, we can not do anything,” revealed Suparno.

Responding to the idea from Ponorogo Parliament, Arsyad advised that they should have done a study on decision issued by the Minister of Domestic Affairs. If the Act regulating the authority of Domestic Affairs Minister was indeed against the constitution, continued Arsyad, Ponorogo Parliament had a right to file a judicial review to the Constitutional Court. (Bayu Pratama /Wiwik Budi Wasito)

Photo: Doc. MK PR/Yoga Adiputra

Translated by Yogi Djatnika / MK

Thursday, November 13, 2008 | 11:07 WIB 184